CAPITOL CHATTER Pawlenty seeks farmer aid
Gov. Tim Pawlenty wants the federal government to provide low-interest loans to farmers in six northern Minnesota counties affected by wet weather in 2008 and 2009.
Pawlenty sent a letter asking U.S. ... Posted on 9/15/09 at 10:56 AM
USDA meat inspectors possible targets of cuts WORTHINGTON — With Congress facing yet another looming deadline — this time to avoid sequester and billions of dollars in budget cuts — the potential impacts to the public are wide-ranging and far-reaching. Sequestration, if not avoided by tonight’s midnight deadline, would cut approximately $85 billion from the annual federal budget of $3.6 trillion.
Revolving loan program highlighted in visit
WORTHINGTON — John Padalino, acting administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program, was in Worthington earlier this week to tour three businesses that have utilized the USDA-RD’s revolving loan program to complete expansions.
BREWSTER — A nearly $2.3 million payment to Minnesota Soybean Processors will help offset two years of fiscal losses and ensure the facility’s 80 employees keep processing soybeans into oil and biodiesel at the rural Brewster facility.
USDA representatives present school with Healthier US School Challenge Silver award
ADRIAN — Students at Adrian Elementary kicked off their day Friday with a Rockin’ Recess, dancing to the Macarena and rolling through the motions of the Chicken Dance. The event was part of day-long festivities at the school to celebrate its silver rating in the Healthier U.S. School Challenge.
Rural Development celebrates telepharmacy project
ADRIAN — Colleen Landkammer, state director of USDA Rural Development, stopped in Adrian Tuesday afternoon to highlight the use of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars to establish a telepharmacy in the community.
Sometimes, when we’re looking for something we tend to stumble over something else that causes us to pause and think.
Such was the case on Wednesday when we came across a new U.S. Department of Agriculture report detailing what it costs to raise a child.
WATERVILLE, N.Y. — My husband and I farm in central New York State, milking 60 cows with another 40 head of young stock. We’re third-generation farmers and our farm has been in the same family for nearly 100 years. We have farmed it for 43 years, and 2009 was the worst year of our lives.
Gretchen Maine, Minuteman Media
, April 08, 2010
Jahn speaks of priorities for food safety, bioenergy at Bioscience Conference
WORTHINGTON — Dr. Molly Jahn returned to her Midwestern roots Friday to tout research and education taking place in southwest Minnesota that will help lead agriculture and bioscience through the 21st century.
USDA under secretary will be keynote speaker
WORTHINGTON — Molly Jahn, the acting under secretary for research, education and economics at the United States Department of Agriculture, will discuss new opportunities for rural agriculture during her keynote address Friday at the sixth annual Regional Bioscience Conference.
WORTHINGTON — The results of a two-year project between the Heron Lake Watershed District, Son-D-Farms and Loosbrock Farm Draining examining water management and its effects on water quality and crop production will be presented in a workshop at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, at the Nobles County USDA meeting room, 1567 N. McMillan St., Worthington.
USDA dollars will help small businesses
WORTHINGTON — USDA Rural Development State Director Colleen Landkamer was in Worthington Friday to present the Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp. (WREDC) with a $99,900 grant to benefit small businesses within Nobles County.
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